Tag: Boy Scouts


This Week in Chester History…

The Mendham-Chester Tribune reported in 1937 that Chester Township Clerk Eugene Vliet rear-ended a truck at the crossroads in New Vernon. Driving the truck was Francis X. Backer, who was returning from Plainfield where he and his wife had been helping the Boy Scouts prepare for their trip to Washington, D.C. Mrs. Backer was slightly injured, and Vliet’s car’s radiator was “badly smashed in.”

 


This Week in Chester History…

The Mendham-Chester Tribune announced that former Chesterite Frank Mattison would serve as scoutmaster for Troop 13 at the Washington Jamboree in 1937. Mattison’s troop previously had been named as the official guides. He was assistant scoutmaster of Troop 9 in Chester before he went to the Capitol for a government post. Since he began leading it, Troop 13 grew from six to 47 members.


This Week in Chester History…

Boy Scouts Philip and Albert Crammer created and installed a window display at the Chester Library, in 1938. The exhibit featured a replica of the Boy Scout camp at Silver Lake, as well as photographs of the troop at camp. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

Responding to devastating floods in Ohio and Mississippi, the Chester School, Boy Scouts, and Patriotic Order of Americans raised funds for the Red Cross, in 1937. The school kids were asked to collect from their families, the Boy Scouts raised money through parties, and the P.O.A. held bingo parties to earn its contributions. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

In 1937, the Chester Firemen’s Carnival netted $1,517.70, mainly due to a dice booth and bingo games. Additionally, attendees bought scores of raffle tickets for either cash or tons of coal. Half of the delicatessen concessions benefited the Community Nurse Association; the Chester Boy Scouts received a share of the final receipts for their participation; and the remainder of the profits were used to purchase new fire department equipment.